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(Fort McMurray, AB – March 25, 2020) – The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will close for the season on March 26 at 12:00 p.m.. This means that motorists will no longer be able to use or access the winter road after this time. Gate access will be closed or barricaded, and rig mats will be removed. Using the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road while it is closed, is strictly prohibited and extremely dangerous. Motorists doing so are putting themselves and others at risk of a serious incident. For more information about the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road, visit rmwb.ca/winterroads.

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(Fort McMurray, AB – February 21, 2020) – Effective immediately, the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road is 45,000 kg and under. The maximum design load limit of 45,000 kg for the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road has been achieved for the 2019/2020 season and no further increases are expected. Motorists with vehicles heavier than 45,000 kg are requested to stay off the winter road. Overly heavy vehicles could damage the road or cause safety hazards. As there are workers, equipment and other motorists on the road, please stay on the right side of the road, especially on hills for enhanced safety. When passing equipment, please reduce speed to 30 km/h for everyone’s safety. Motorists are advised to approach active flooding areas with caution. There are no regular services like road patrol, gas stations or cell phone coverage so always be prepared for emergencies. High clearance 4x4 vehicles are recommended. Updates will be provided regularly as required. Check the following sources for the latest information or sign up for email notifications on the winter roads page listed below: • News room - rmwb.ca/news-room.htm • Winter roads page – rmwb.ca/winterroads • RMWB Facebook and ...

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(Fort McMurray, AB – February 7, 2020) – Beginning today, the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road has increased to 20,000 kg and under. Further increases to the load limit remain a priority for the Municipality, but increases are dependent on weather and the progress crews make establishing safe ice integrity. Regular testing continues to be done and load limits will be increased as soon as it is safe to do so. A contractor that uses a specialized ice construction method has been hired by the Municipality to accelerate ice building at the Des Rochers River crossings. Additional resources are also being provided to maintain ice thickness and integrity along the winter road. Motorists are advised that there may be periodic closures of the west and east Des Rochers River crossings to accommodate construction activities. Crews will be using a different method to build ice that requires water to be sprayed into the air to accelerate the freezing of the water. Each spray should be completed in 45 to 90 minutes, with multiple sprays happening every day. If wind speeds prevent crews from safely containing the water, the crossing will be temporarily closed while the spraying activities ...

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The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road 5,000kg limit is still in effect. Safety is our top priority and teams are actively monitoring for the required ice thickness to increase the weight limit. Official notification will be sent from the RMWB when the limit is increased.

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(Fort McMurray, AB – December 18, 2019) – The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will open to light traffic 5,000 kg and lower as of 8:00 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 19. Motorists with vehicles heavier than 5,000 kg are requested to stay off the winter road until load limits have been increased. Overly heavy vehicles could damage the road causing safety hazards or delays in reaching heavier load limits. Crews have prepared an alternate route and ice crossings in certain areas to ensure the road is safe and accessible for light traffic. Motorists are asked to reduce speed while travelling on this portion of the road. Rough patches throughout the road and recent snowfalls have also impacted the road, and motorists are reminded to drive to road conditions at all times, while following all posted signage. As there are workers, equipment and other motorists on the road, please stay on the right side of the road, especially on hills for enhanced safety. When passing equipment, please reduce speed to 30 km/h for everyone’s safety. Load limits are expected to increase as work on the road continues and the ice thickens. All changes to the load limit for the Fort ...

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All Winter Maintenance Zones are relaxed until further notice.